Magic Maid Cafe
Magic Maid Café is another slot reappropriation from NetEnt to appeal to the Asian market, this time we are looking at+ a clone of the hugely successful 2013 slot, Gonzo’s Quest. So far this year NetEnt have already reskinned games such as Twin Spin (to Twin Happiness), Divine Fortune (to Happy Panda), and Dead or Alive (to Who’s the Bride), and plenty more besides for the Asian market. As such it was only a matter of time before the second most popular slot of all time, Gonzo’s Quest, received the Asian makeover, enter Magic Maid Café. This is a 5x3 reel slot with 20 paylines, a 95.97% RTP, and a maximum single spin win of 1,875x. Big wins are likely to come from the free falls feature where the win multipliers are by 3. Available from 29th November, Magic Mai Café is playable from €0.20 to €50 a spin at participating NetEnt casinos.
Design & Symbols
Magic Maid Café is situated in a chintzy tea-room with plenty of pink, bows, and frills. A blonde anime waitress stands to the left of the reels, presenting the action, to the right a Hello Kitty teapot sits on a stool, with pictures of milkshakes and desserts adorning the walls. There is no real soundtrack, just the background noises of clinking cups and the general hub-bub of a busy café. The loudest sounds come from the clinking of the symbols as they cascade and land during the spins. In the original, Gonzo’s Quest, the rocks which held the symbols made a similar noise, albeit more akin to large stones landing on top of one another rather than the more genteel clinking of crockery which replaces it here. Low-value symbols are a selection of desserts; a jam sponge, crème caramel, chocolate torte, and an ice cream sundae. High value symbols are anime waitresses with brown, black, and pink hair. The pink-haired waitress is the most valuable symbol with 5 on a payline rewarding 125x the bet size. The wild is an ice-cream cone silhouette with a question mark and the free spins symbol is a key.
- Win Multipliers
- Free Falls
Long before the Megaways™ slots took over and started churning out ‘Cascading symbols’, NetEnt had reaped the rewards from slots using the same mechanic, only dubbing the cascade an ‘Avalanche’. An Avalanche takes place each time a winning combination of symbols lands. Once the win has been added to the balance the winning symbols disappear to be replaced by symbols falling from above. Furthermore, prior to the Avalanche but after the initial win has been added to the balance the win multiplier meter above the reels to the right increases from 1x to 2x. In the event of the Avalanche resulting in another consecutive win, the multiplier meter increase once more to 3x, and then to 5x in the event of another consecutive win. Any further consecutive wins also pay with a 5x multiplier. If at any point an Avalanche fails to result in a win the win multiplier meter resets to 1x.
Free Falls are Magic Maid Café’s free spins, and 10 of them are triggered by 3 keys (Free Fall Symbols) on a bet line, and they can be retriggered during the bonus round. During Free Falls the Avalanche mechanic is still in place, only this time the multipliers are trebled as follows;
- 1st Avalanche: 3x multiplier
- 2nd Avalanche: 6x multiplier
- 3rd Avalanche: 9x multiplier
- 4+ Avalanche: 15x multiplier
Our Thoughts on Magic Maid Café
Magic Maid Café’s mechanics are identical to those of one of the most popular and enduring slots of all time so this should be a hit with the Asian market whichever way you slice it. The design will also doubtlessly appeal to this market with the Japanese pop culture references to anime and hello kitty. Personally I much prefer the theme, design, and narrative of Gonzo’s Quest, but then again I’m not the target market. That being said it is still a fun game to play, albeit not quite as ground-breaking as the original was back in 2011.